Nova Scotia

Halifax mulls recycling all plastics

Halifax Regional Council will decide this week if it will begin recycling all plastics in the municipal collection program.

Halifax Regional Council will decide this week if it will begin recycling all plastics in its municipal collection program.

Currently, only plastics labelled type one and two can be put out for curbside collection.  That means people must trash most dish detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs and clamshell containers used for many fruits. 

Every other region in the province has waste processors that accept all plastics.

Jennifer Watts, HRM councillor for Connaught-Quinpool, said Halifax is behind because of its waste-management contract.

"Part of that has to do with the nature of the contracts that we have with our solid waste and our recycling groups," she said.

"We have to sort of manage that and have that happen. I think that we're at a place now where it makes sense to do that in terms of the contracts, so we're able to bring that on." 

The contract was awarded to Miller Waste in 2009. Watts said part of the delay is due to the company having to find a place to ship the plastic. Miller Waste now says it can ship the plastic to a processor overseas and to a plant in Ontario.

Regional council will vote on the recommendation Tuesday night. If it is approved, the program will start in September. Only Styrofoam-style plastics would remain garbage.